Hue and cry against Spanish policy
By Nathalie Vandystadt | Tuesday 04 September 2012
It was to be expected: several European associations of film makers and musicians have spoken out against the changes made on private copying in Spain, where losses linked to the consumers’ right to copy works for their private use are no longer compensated by a tax on copying equipment (DVDs, CDs, etc), but rather by a lump sum paid by the state.
EUROCINEMA (European Association of Film and Television Producers), EUROCOPYA (European Association of Audiovisual and Film Producers' collective management societies), FERA (Federation of European Film Directors ), and IMPALA (Independent Music Companies Association) bemoaned the fact that 115 million euro of fees Spain levies each year will now be taken away from the rights holders. Instead, Madrid is proposing a subsidy of five million euro a year, while the price of consumer goods used for copying has not been reduced since the levy was banned by decree in December 2011. The technology industries have been engaged in a tireless battle against the fee systems that are in place in around 20 EU countries. At a time when Madrid needs all the European help it can get to emerge from the economic quagmire it is in, its policy does nothing to support the rights holders in the consultations carried out by former Commissioner António Vitorino to assist the Commission in finding a legislative solution to the problem (see